• Shelly Musyj

I've been giving a lot of thought lately to new beginnings. I'm sure this is in large part due to the spring season slowly rolling in, but also because I feel like new beginnings are coming for my own life as well. I've never been afraid of change, and my feelings now are no different, but I can't help but feel cautious about the optimism this time around.

As with everything in my life, I'm ready to leap forward with both feet in the coming months but I have to admit, as I'm getting older I find I'm tending to prefer the security of routine and as a result, the new starts I'm looking towards are a little daunting.

As you'll see on the site, the layout is changing to be more focused on my new business venture - that is baking. Call it the 'softest' business opening ever, I did graduate 9 years ago, after all.

I am still going to try to maintain my blog, and I'll still be trying to farm along, but things in my personal life (which I'm going to try and keep personal), make it such that I don't often have much to blog about. Like I said, things are changing.

The baking business is taking off!

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  • Shelly Musyj

In the spirit of updating this space, here's a fun story for you!

On January 18th, in the middle of a week long -40 cold spell I took my xtrail on a little adventure.

With the back seats folded flat, tarps assembled and a couple of flakes of hay laid out for bedding, I took off on a 3 hour drive to Rainy River. In that little town sitting on the US boarder I found a house with a few goats wandering around in the cold sunshine and some of the funniest looking critters you ever have seen. After a little persuading, all four of the funny looking critters were piled into the back of my SUV and we began the 365km north to home.

Something I hadn't considered until I was showing my coworkers later that week the pictures I'd taken of my cargo before setting out on my journey... what would the cop have though had I been pulled over?

That's right. I brought 4 alpacas home in the back of my car.

Meet Alvin (the brown male), Linda, Betty White and I honestly can't remember the name of the fourth right now (the three white ones are all females)... I'm not very good at naming animal, as my cat, Cat can confirm.

The journey was surprisingly uneventful! besides Alvin not really wanting to settle down and walking all over everyone else, they all traveled beautifully. Alpacas naturally crush (that's what its called when they lay down) when they travel, which I was relieved to learn of as I stuffed them in the SUV, and they don't poop while traveling! So my journey smelled of hay and was quiet except the occasional hum from the back seat (if you've ever hear an alpaca you know what I'm talking about, if not, google it, you'll love it).

The horses took a couple days to warm up to the new roommates, the dogs don't seem too concerned. I'm looking forward to the thaw so the dogs can finally be with their new flock and projects left unfinished last fall can be wrapped up!

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  • Shelly Musyj

If you check out the archive of blog posts on this site (which will take all of thirty seconds because I'm the worst blogger on the plane) you'll notice a trend. Apparently every year in March I feel this urge to be productive on here and I resolve to update more often and after two or three posts, I disappear again.

Evidently this year is no different. It is March and I am trying to blog again.

If I had to guess at the reason for this little tendency of mine, I'd say it has something to do with the weather. Even in the days before I had a mortgage and real responsibilities, winters around here were no easy task. Week long stretches of -40 degree weather, short days with less than 8 hours of daylight and enough snow to lose your car in. I've got to say, the only people who truly live here, want to live here. The rest are merely surviving.

That being said, I can proudly say that I'm one of the crazy ones that actually want to live here. Why else would I have bought property? As much as it drives me crazy and gives me premature grey hair (oh yes, I'm not even thirty and I've already plucked a few of those suckers out), I love this place. I love the challenge of clawing through the too cold and too long winter and emerging hopeful in the spring with dreams of long summer days, of building this property into a farm, and of looking forward to another long, hard winter.

This winter has been no different and yet in no way the same. I kicked off the season with the loss of my mother, not a week after my 29th birthday. She lost a long hard fight to cancer 6 years after she was diagnosed. This was hard but lets not go into that.

Almost immediately after, I began having problems with my car which have lasted almost 4 months (and I'm not entirely convinced that they're completely resolved). Not only has this been stressful, but insanely expensive!

When I was beginning to wonder if I was treading this icy winter water... my cat had to take an emergency visit to the vet, and of course these things never happen during regular working hours. And if you're me, they don't even happen on regular weekends. Oh no, they happen on stat holiday weekends. Lets just add into the mix some uncertainty in my personal relationship lately and there you have it, a perfect mess of a winter!

All of that being said, I'd like to take one more stab at this whole blogging and business thing. On a year like this, when the renewal for the domain and site came up, I had a tough decision to make. I've held this name for a little while now and I'd like to keep it mine. But the only way that will realistically happen is if the brand starts making me some money. Over the years, had I operated like a proper business and kept track of the books, I'd say I've always made enough money from the brand itself to justify it, but in the last year sales have been slim and my own money has kept this going... and that's not something I have a surplus of these days. So I've decided that in 2019 things will have to change, one way or another.

Stay tuned and keep your eyes on the facebook page, twitter and instagram. Things are going to start changing, they have to.

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